Guess what I found out? A Museum at Cocoa House!
I never knew a museum existed in the famous building. A friend told me about it, so I decided to pay a visit. Now, let me take you on a journey to the museum.
The museum is located on the 24th floor of the 25-storey building. The entrance to the museum is divided into two parts: one way leads to the museum itself, and the other leads to the Hall of Fame.
The glamorous sight of the passage connecting the Hall of Fame and Museum captivated me. The different Adire used to beautify the walls, instead of regular paint, highlighted the Yoruba culture. The small lamps attached to the top of the walls further enhanced the cultural ambience already provided by the Adire walls. You need to see it!
Firstly, our Tour Guide led us through the Museum. We saw pots, cowries, traditional guns, calabashes, guns and a crown. Also, traditional wears like ‘dashiki’, ‘tooro’, ‘kembe’, beads and the likes were in another section of the museum. Lastly, we went to a room containing a gramophone, television, analogue telephones and a wait-and-get camera. In the same section, there is a range of local kitchen utensils, hunting and household items.
The Hall of Fame
Later on, we were led to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a huge centre of attraction for tourists. The room is filled with pictures and documentaries of distinguished Yoruba individuals who have contributed to the growth of the country.
Late Rashidi Yekini, a renowned footballer is one those personalities. Other icons in the Hall of Fame include Professor Wole Soyinka, Late Chief Samuel Akintola, Late Chief Moshood Abiola, Chief Folake Solanke (SAN), Late Madam Olufunlayo Ransome-Kuti, etc.
To wrap up the visit, we saw documentaries on Nigeria in a mini-cinema.
Finally, our curator opened a door in the Hall of Fame section and we saw the ancient city of Ibadan from a vantage point, covered with brown roofs that spoke of time and resilience.
The view is just so exceptional! You should go see for yourself.